syria ceasefire

Kerry Says Hopes For Progress on Syria Ceasefire in Geneva Talks

GENEVA, May 2 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he hoped to make progress in talks in Geneva over the next two days toward renewing a cessation of hostilities agreement throughout Syria and resuming peace talks to end the fighting. “The hope is we can make some progress,” Kerry said at the start of a meeting

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U.N. Envoy Urges Obama, Putin to Save Syria Truce, Peace Process

By Stephanie Nebehay and Shadia Nasralla GENEVA, April 28 – The United Nations mediator on Thursday called on the leaders of the United States and the Russian Federation to salvage the “barely alive” two-month-old ceasefire in Syria and revitalise the damaged peace process. U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura voiced deep concern at the truce

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U.N. Envoy Calls for Major Syria Meeting to Save Truce and Peace Talks

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, April 23 – The U.N. special envoy for Syria called on Friday for an urgent meeting of ministers from major and regional powers to sustain the threadbare truce in Syria, as well as troubled peace talks and humanitarian aid efforts. “Yes we do need certainly a new ISSG at ministerial level,” envoy

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White House Concerned Russia Moving Military Equipment into Syria

By Roberta Rampton and John Irish RIYADH/GENEVA, April 21  – The United States said on Thursday it was concerned about reports that Russia is moving more military equipment into Syria to bolster President Bashar Al Assad with a truce in tatters and peace talks in meltdown. Fighting raged across Syria after the truce, brokered by

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Syrian Rebels Declare New Battle Against Government

BEIRUT, April 18 – Rebels launched a fierce attack against Syrian government forces in Latakia province on Monday and insurgents made separate advances nearby in Hama, a monitoring group reported, as violence escalated in the west of the country. The fighting, which has also increased around the northern city of Aleppo and seen heavy government

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Syria Rebel Group Slams Geneva Talks, Opposition Body

BEIRUT, April 17 – A Syrian rebel group on Saturday said United Nations-led peace talks had so far been extremely negative and criticized opposition negotiators as divorced from a deteriorating military situation on the ground. The statement from Ahrar Al Sham, an Islamist group and one of the biggest rebel factions involved in the conflict, indicates

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Kerry Tells Russia to Press Assad to Comply With Syria Ceasefire

WASHINGTON, April 16 – There is an “urgent need” for the government of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad to stop violating the ceasefire in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, and called on Russia to help, the State Department said. It said Kerry, in a telephone call with his Russian counterpart Sergei

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Rebels and Syrian Gov’t Forces Clash Near Aleppo: Monitor

BEIRUT, April 10  – Syrian government forces and their allies battled insurgents including Al Qaeda fighters in fierce clashes south of Aleppo late on Saturday, and the rebels advanced taking over two hilltops, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based monitoring group’s director Rami Abdulrahman said this might mark a breakdown in the

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Iran Sees Russia’s Withdrawal from Syria as “Positive Sign”

DUBAI, March 16 – Iran’s foreign minister has called Russia’s decision to withdraw its forces from Syria “a positive sign”, while a senior security official said the move was pre-planned and not a surprise to Tehran. President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly announced on Monday that most Russian forces would be withdrawn from Syria after deploying in

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